In the future, a single visa might cover all of Latin America, the tree of capitalism could change its shape and Peruvian cuisine will be as popular as pizza – the top 10 quotes and insights from the World Economic Forum in Lima.

“No one is more optimistic with respect to the future than Latin Americans.”
– Marcelo Côrtes Neri, Minister of Strategic Affairs of Brazil
(Session: Unleashing the Power of the Middle Class)

“In the future, we want Latin America to work like Europe, with one visa for the whole region.”
Rafael Roncagliolo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru
(Session: Integrating Latin America)

“We’ve captured a lot of prisoners in the drugs war. But the drugs business is huge – US$ 84 billion a year.”
José Miguel Insulza Secretary-General, Organization of American States (OAS), Washington DC
(Session: Drugs Policy: Untangling the Knot)

“For the first time, we are seeing fewer people leaving Latin America than before. Talent is coming into the region. There is a reverse trend.”
Luis A. Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC
(Session: Delivering a Promising Future)

“If we want to achieve social transformation, the right to education is a fundamental principle.”
Baroness Valerie Amos, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations, New York
(Session: Delivering a Promising Future)

“I want Peru’s cuisine to reach the market value of Italian cuisine. The youngsters who are involved in Peruvian cuisine now are going to write that history.”
Gastón Acurio, world-renowned Peruvian chef
(Session: An Insight, An Idea)

“The crisis is an opportunity for Latin American integration. All eyes are set on emerging economies.”
Felipe Larraín Bascuñán, Minister of Finance of Chile
(Session: Integrating Latin America)

“Latin America is showing today that public policies to address this phenomenon are imperfect and incomplete. We confuse the victims and the criminals.”
Oscar Adolfo Naranjo Trujillo, Security expert and Director, Instituto Latinoamericano de Ciudadanía – ILC, Mexico
(Session: Drugs Policy: Untangling the Knot)

“Capitalism has flexible branches. We are in one of those moments when the tree isn’t breaking, but it’s bending.”
Hernando de Soto, President, Instituto Libertad y Democracia, Peru
(Session: Delivering a Promising Future)

“Our destiny is to come together as a region and grapple with an increasingly complex world.”
Alicia Barcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago
(Session: Integrating Latin America)